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" A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors. "
" Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste. "
" It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself. "
" The unique and supreme voluptuousness of love lies in the certainty of committing evil. And men and women know from birth that in evil is found all sensual delight. "
" We are all born marked for evil. "
" This life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed with a desire to change his bed. "
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" As a small child, I felt in my heart two contradictory feelings, the horror of life and the ecstasy of life. "
" The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep. "
" It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish. "
" There is no dream of love, however ideal it may be, which does not end up with a fat, greedy baby hanging from the breast. "
" What is art? Prostitution. "
" I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy. "
" Music fathoms the sky. "
" The world only goes round by misunderstanding. "
" Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation. "
" To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery, my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches. "
" Those men get along best with women who can get along best without them. "
" To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art - that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts. "
" Always be a poet, even in prose. "
" Nature is a temple in which living columns sometimes emit confused words. Man approaches it through forests of symbols, which observe him with familiar glances. "
" It is the hour to be drunken! to escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish. "
" For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation. "
" It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree. "
" If the poet has pursued a moral objective, he has diminished his poetic force. "
" The insatiable thirst for everything which lies beyond, and which life reveals, is the most living proof of our immortality. "